UPDATE: Tough Times Forced Her To Give Up 130 Dogs

The Beaufort County woman who turned over 130 dogs because she was unable to continue to care for them, hopes they all find a good home.

The woman, who didn't want her identity disclosed, said she has always loved animals and has always taken in as many strays as possible. She says because of the tough economic times the situation got out of control and she had to give them up.

Animal control wants to have most of the animals up for adoption by next week. However, some that are overly aggressive most likely will have to be put down.


More than a hundred dogs were turned over to animal control officers in one Eastern Carolina county.

Beaufort County authorities say 127 dogs -- most of them pit bulls -- were voluntarily turned in Tuesday. The animal shelter is now maxed out.

County manager Paul Spruill tells WITN News that due to the economic situation, the owner had to turn the animals over. Spruill says the woman, who lives in the Edwards area, started out as a pet owner and then decided to breed and sell the dogs.

"The property owner had insufficient shelter for the number of animals in her care. Generally, the animals were well fed and in fair health," said Spruill.

Right now there have been no charges filed.

Animal control says due to the aggressive nature of some of the dogs, only about half of them will be able to be put up for adoption. People can view the available dogs starting Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the animal control facility on Highway 264 East.

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  • by shelley Location: washington on Nov 28, 2009 at 01:26 AM
    anyone remember the end of the movie 'Old Yeller'? sounds like that should happen 130 times over.
  • by Confused! on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    They are taking them out because they are dangerous for the individuals that have to do this god awful job because people will not spay and neuter. Do your research before you even respond to things. How many people have side effects from the chambers leaking? How many have blown up? You don't even no do you?
  • by To Audra on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    ?????? a typical uneducated person GO WATCH and see how painful it is. I have been in my field of work for OVER 10 years WITH multiple degrees in euthanasia by chamber and injection. The classes are low cost and honestly you have truely been lied to and I promise NO educated person told you it was bloody. AND further more the 1st function of the body that shuts down is the vocal chords SO with that being said this is why you hear them howling or moaning. You people are crazy! Once again try and help fix the problem instead of B******* about everthing.
  • by WOW! DOG LOVER on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    You are really crazy! ALL of the vets participate in the spay/neuter, and I could give a rats a____ about the taxes they owe as long as ALL of the vets continue to do low cost spay and neuter. What have YOU done for these homeless pets since 2006? I'm sorry it sounds like you are in other peoples business instead of helping animals and if you care so much DO something about it instead of whinning on the internet
  • by Dog Lover Location: Washington, NC on Nov 21, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    To "Posted by: Humane Society!" I have another question for you. Why did the Beaufort County so called Humane Society spend almost $25,000 dollars of donated money at the County owned and operated facility in 2007 according to their 990 form that was submitted to the IRS in Feb. 2009. Also ask them why they pay late fee after late fee when this form should have been filed by May 2007. Could it be they have something to hide? The Beaufort County so called Humane Society is the biggest scam in this state.
  • by Dog Lover Location: Washington, NC on Nov 21, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    To "Posted by: Humane Society!" You are right. The Beaufort County so called Humane Society has no shelter for any animal, but they do have several hundred thousand dollars. Where do these dollars go? Look at their 990 forms and you will see that the money is going to the county owned and financed facility. Why? Because their president made a deal with the county manager to put the new shelter one mile from her private business. Now the county and Beaufort County so called Humane Society are shoveling money into her pocket. And she needs it because a few weeks after the new shelter opened she got a loan from the NC Small Business Association for 1,075,000 dollars. So if you think the president of the Beaufort County so called Humane Society is for the animals, then ask her how many they have taken out of this high kill shelter since Jan. 2006. And by the way, who do you think gets paid to do the spay and neuter you are bragging about?¿?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:10 AM
    Confused is.. confused. You need to do some more research and educate yourself about CO chambers. We're not talking about a chemical that makes them drift off peacefully. It is a horrendous procedure and the animals howl, scream, damage themselves, damage each other (they don't do one at a time generally), urinate, deficate, etc... It's a bloody & unpleasant mess, and not painless. Thus the recognized move to NOT use them anymore. Unfortunately som form of euthenization is still going to be necessary no matter how much education there is, because someone always ignores the law or common sense - AND because there are so many ferals in some areas that they will continue to breed without regard to the law as well. In a word... Duh.
  • by Julie Location: buffalo on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    This article was so poorly written. Are we seriously supposed to feel sorry for her? Then you (author) state that she was breeding/selling? And who let this go for so long? Don't tell me her hoarding was going on under the radar. Make up your mind. This is not Springer. Julie www.spbr.org
  • by Dog LOver Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    Confused, when was the last time you were in a gas chamber. Why have so many states outlawed the gas chamber if it so painless? You are the one who needs to get a life and learn more about the gas chamber and then maybe you won't be so Confused.
  • by Humane Society! on Nov 20, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    The humane society does not even have a facility Dog Lover! I adopted a pet from the local shelter and if it was not for the humane society I would have struggles getting my new pet spayed. Conflict of interest NO because I went to Chocowinity on the other side of the river! It sounds like to me you are jealous and what is so funny I bet you do not even assist in the Humane Society fundraisers to help the pets. You probably do nothing but gossip all day about people and the things they should do, but what should you do to help the pets?

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